Golden Gate Bridge traffic starts flowing after immigrant protest

Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Protesters shut down the Golden Gate Bridge on Thursday morning.

Organizers from the Bay Area Coalition for Economic Justice and Citizenship for All said they are demanding Democrats take action to protect immigrant families, according to a press release.

The protest impacted northbound lanes heading towards Marin County starting around 7 a.m. Shortly after, California Highway Patrol shut down southbound lanes as well. The official demonstration was meant to be about 20 minutes long, organizers said.

Traffic was flowing in both directions by 8:30 a.m.

The organization said 25 cars were involved in stopping northbound traffic on the bridge to walk on the roadway with banners and signs, as well as give speeches from the bed of a truck.

The Senate parliamentarian on Wednesday nixed a plan by the Democrats to get immigration reform into a spending bill, The Hill reports. It would have legalized “millions of undocumented immigrants by making a change to the date for when undocumented immigrants within the United States can apply to adjust their legal status.”

The demonstrators will be hosting a press conference in San Jose at noon.

A Facebook Live stream from Bay Resistance shows a close-up of the action, with chants heard in english and spanish.

“We just want what is fair, we just want human dignity like everyone wants,” one of the protesters could be heard saying.

A statement emailed to newsrooms partially reads:

Immigrant communities cannot wait another 20 years of failed promises. An inclusive pathway to citizenship would boost the U.S. economy. As the Center for American Progress reports, a pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants would increase U.S. gross domestic product by a cumulative total of $1.7 trillion over 10 years, create 438,800 new jobs, and increase wages for undocumented and American workers. The time to deliver economic justice, climate justice, and citizenship for all is now. 

For these reasons, we demand that Vice President Harris and top Democrats in Congress override the decision by the unelected Senate parliamentarian which excludes undocumented immigrants from the budget reconciliation process

Partial statement, Bay Area Coalition for Economic Justice and Citizenship for All, Sept. 30, 2021

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